Milo Valley Farm - sea chest with a secret

by brae  

The sea chest is from a Realife Miniatures Country Living Room kit.  I made the daybed from this kit for The Artist's Studio.  These kits have die cut wood compared to other kits such as The House of Miniatures and modern kits with their individual pieces, but they work well for rustic scenes right out of the box.  For a finer finish, you'd have to spend a bit more time and effort.

This is a pretty straightforward box.  :D

There is hardware included to hinge the top, but considering the use I have planned for it I opted to make a removable top.  I added a piece of basswood cut to the size of the box opening and glued it to the underside of the lid.  This will lock it in place but make for easy removal.

I spackled the rough joins to prep for painting.

I went with Plantation Pine by Americana with some aging.  More aging will be added later, along with some hardware and maybe some logo and sticker detailing.

My trunk won't hold old munitions (yikes) or mouse-riddled old clothing (bleh). Instead, it will disguise the Triple Receptacle Extension Cord with Plug from HBS. This way, I can lead all the wires from the lights to the sea chest, and one wire will exit the building to the power strip.  You can see my floral wire lead behind the chest.  I'll drill holes in the chest as needed when I wire the lights.

Having the receptacle inside the trunk will make it easier to deal with mishaps since I am using vintage lighting for some of the electrical work.

When the lid is in place, it looks like any another random garage item.  :]


Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]
Great idea. I prefer to have the wires hidden and this is a perfect solution. =0)
07/16/15 @ 01:22
Comment from: Elga [Visitor]
Great idea Brae!
07/16/15 @ 02:41
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
Neat idea!
07/16/15 @ 04:50
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]
I love this! You've given me a couple of ideas for the Newport. :o) Thank you for posting your wonderful projects for all of us to see!
07/16/15 @ 05:27
Comment from: The Grandmommy [Visitor]  
This is exactly what I need to see! Please share as much as you can! Thanks!
07/16/15 @ 07:56
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Nice!!! Of course you had wire hiding plans. :) You always think that part through so carefully. I'm LOVING all the stuff around the Datsun-but imma call you out on the too clean tire. HA! &#59;)
07/16/15 @ 08:12
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you! :>> There will be more posts about the wiring for sure! Lyssa -- how rude! :)) You can't call me out on a detail when it's a work in progress. &#59;D
07/16/15 @ 08:16
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
07/16/15 @ 08:50
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Very clever!!
07/16/15 @ 09:22
Comment from: Sarah [Visitor]
Great Idea! That last photo, very exciting! :D I love those pots and the chair, looking forward to seeing everything in place!!!!!!!!! I'm with you on the flower making, tedious work, but oh so worth it.
07/16/15 @ 15:15
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
You are So Brilliant!!! I am always trying to figure out the "how tos" of hiding the power strips and wires! This is a very clever "junction box! Great idea!
07/16/15 @ 18:33
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
So clever! Love watching this build come together.
07/16/15 @ 22:03
Comment from: Lucille Turpin [Visitor]
Amazing concept, Brae! I love that green you picked for the trunk!
07/17/15 @ 06:25
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]
Perfect! Super simple but very very practical down the road :)
07/18/15 @ 08:06

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